Hi, I would like to remove/strip the surface layer of paint from some walls of my apartment, because the paint used is still smelling after 6 months and is causing me chemical sensitivity allergies. I guess the walls are drywall. I do not know the exact paint that was used (by the landlord or previous tenant), but I think it was a latex paint, flat finish. I would prefer not to use chemicals, so could a heat gun or something like the Speedheater work okay, since I do not need to get down to the bare surface? It's fine if I get more thorough removal, but primarily I need to get rid of the surface coat.
The building is a duplex apartment building in Los Angeles, built probably in the 1960's or 1970's, before 1978, but well-maintained. I have not tested for lead, yet. The walls and trim do not have thick layers of paint, so I'm guessing the place was stripped or renovated previously.
Thanks for any advice on eco-friendly options.